Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Here is a great book of interest to anyone researching the Cowichan Valley area of British Columbia.
TALES the TOMBSTONES TELL: A Walking Guide to Cemeteries in the Cowichan Valley

by T.W. Paterson

ISBN 978-0-921271-00-0
(With easy to follow directions; diagrams; historic & current photographs.)

Soldier, sailor, tinker, tailor, the famous and the infamous–you’ll find them all, and more, in Cowichan Valley cemeteries. Most, happily, achieved old age and died of natural causes. But it was a hard and dangerous life on the Vancouver Island frontier and logging, hunting and farming accidents claimed many. Some fell victim to illnesses and other medical issues that, today, are treatable, even preventable, some chose to end their own lives, and some succumbed to their own or others’ negligence or malevolence. All of them have stories to tell.

Join well-known historian T.W. Paterson as he guides you to some of the most outstanding graves and monuments in the Cowichan Valley’s 16 public/church cemeteries.

Several Cowichan churches, in fact, now invite respectful visitors to wander among the headstones, many of which are sculpted works of art, to learn more about the men and women (sometimes their children) who pioneered this land.

Headstones, after all, are for the living. They’re meant to be read! How many times have you wanted to know more about the persons whose final resting places are so briefly, even teasingly, identified in granite, marble or bronze?

In Tales the Tombstones Tell, the author draws upon more than 30 years of research to tell you of some of the most colourful, most intriguing and most tragic of the several thousands who take their eternal rest from Shawnigan to Chemainus.

You’ll meet many of these fascinating pioneers in Tales the Tombstones Tell. 9x6x270pp paperback 70 colour plates $24.95

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thank You Note on Remembrance Day

Cliff, one of our most active volunteers, received this note the other day..........

I do not know who is but I am grateful that this photo of my father's gravestone is online for me to find. I did not know where he was buried.  I live abroad. Discovered it today....on Armistice Day (Remembrance Day).  He is where he belongs, with others who went to war, got shaped by war or killed by war.
What would he have been like had he never gone to war...
Who are you?

Cliff responded to this email with more detailed info about her father's gravestone.
It is so wonderful to receive acknowledgement for one's hard work.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thank You Note & Remembering!

One of our hard-working volunteer submitters, Amy, just received this kind note -

Dear Amy,
I want to thank you for posting a photograph of the grave of 1579222 L.A.C.Ernest Hartland.
I am still not sure how I arrived at the website but finding this photograph brought back many memories.

In 1942 my sister and I were evacuees in Tenbury Wells , Worcestershire, England. We were from Birmingham Warwickshire. My sister had been there since 1939 and I joined her in 1941.
Ernie was the only son of two of the most wonderful people we have ever known. He was at University and  although I probably met him only a couple of times, I still have his photograph. His death was a terrible blow to “Aunty” and Uncle” especially as he was still in training. It seemed to them that it was such a waste. 

I am 78 now and I can still remember the agony they felt, the postman called while my sister and I were the only ones at home and even then we understood the meaning of the small envelope he put into my sister’s hand.

Both his parents have died many years ago but my sister and I will never forget any of them.

Thank you.
R*** C*****
Sydney Australia

A great note to receive and especially touching as Remembrance Day approaches.